School of Music Breaks Ground on New Building

TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 28, 2009) – The University of South Florida broke ground for a new state-of-the-art building Jan. 29 for the College of Visual & Performing Arts’ School of Music.  The ceremony took place in USF Parking Lot 9-C.  State Senator Victor Crist and USF Senior Vice Provost Dwayne Smith were in attendance.


Plans for the new 103,000 sq. ft., $46 million, state-funded facility include a 500-seat recital hall, 100-seat student recital hall, dedicated instrumental, chorus and jazz rehearsal spaces, classrooms, faculty studios and offices, practice rooms and administrative offices.  It is expected that classes will start being held in the new building fall 2010.


The architectural firm Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company and associated architects Performance Architecture, were chosen to design the new building through competitive bid.


The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference


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